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Give fog the Turbo Fan finger.

Fans are for fogies, right? Nope. The Smith Phenom Turbo Fan is a favorite of frontside and backcountry badasses alike—just ask super-hucker Eric Hjorliefson and countless professional mountain guides if you don't believe us. Listed as one of SKIING Magazine's 82 must-have accessories, the Phenom Turbo Fan utilizes all of Smith's technological wizardry to provide you with fog-free vision, even after hiking up a ridgeline, goggles on, in a driving blizzard. The Fog-X permanent hydrophilic inner coating actually absorbs moisture before fog can form, while the 2-speed microelectric Turbo Fan (powered for 50 hours by a single AAA battery) spins silently, pulling air across the Carbonic dual-spherical lens even when you're standing still. Pro skiers and boarders use it, the U.S. military helped develop it, and Smith is the only one to offer it.

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4 5

great googles, but weak battery housing

I love these goggles. I wear glasses and was able to put an eyeglass insert on the inside (with a little mod. of the eyeglass frame) and they work great. I have used them since 2009 and have gotten rid of all my other ones. The only problem is that in the middle of the ski season the battery case breaks at the top of where the battery is. Smith apparently uses polycarbonate - cannot be solvent or heat welded. I do a patch with scotch tape and get through the season. I send them in every summer to be repaired (which they promptly do). Smith needs to beef up the housing. Plastic get very brittle when cold (below freezing) and it is suprisingly hard to find scotch tape in the middle of the day on the mountain.

4 5

Fan is not silent

I just bought these goggles but haven't used them yet. I have another pair of Phenom's without the fan that I love, so I'm not concerned about performance. I just wanted to let everyone know that Smith's claim that the fan in silent is not accurate. I received these as a gift, and sent the first pair back because of the noisy fan. I though they were defective. I just received the replacement pair in the mail and they do the same thing. The ironic part is that the fan only buzzes when the goggles are upright, or in the position you'd where them in. When they are tilted down or upside down, the buzz goes away. I am still happy to have them as it sounds like they do really get rid of the fog. I just hope I don't have to leave the fan on all day (like the instructions say) because the buzz will drive me nuts! Great idea, but spend a little more R&D on a true silent fan!

Which one to buy for poor visibility? Could...

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Which one to buy for poor visibility? Could I get the prescription lenses with this model? I have the Phenom Turbo Fan for good visibility with the lenses, but would like to have a second pair for poor visibility

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Yes you can have RX lenses but you need to make sure it is the 2011 model which fits the ODS 2 RX inserts - I myself just bought the ODS2 prescription inserts and have confirmed that they will fit the 2011 version of Phenom Turbo (ofhers that will work is Prophecy and knowledge turbo)

Can anyone tell me what the diff is between...

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Can anyone tell me what the diff is between the Prophecy and Phenom Smith Turbo series goggles? I've been looking at the Phenom Turbo; however, I don't see the option for the Sensor Mirror lens on them like I do with the Prophecy. If no diff's then I can make a decision.

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Smith Knowledge OTG Turbo Fan: Accommodates a wide range of eyeglass sizes, should fit all types of bulky glasses.

Smith Prophecy Turbo Fan: Accommodate most eyeglasses without the added bulk of traditional OTG goggles. More of a tighter, close fit goggle for glasses.

Smith Phenom Turbo Fan: For everyone that DO NOT wear glasses.

I suggest you look around at buying a sensor lens, or wait for BackCountry.com to stock up on more Sensor versions, if your after the sensor, and assuming you don’t wear glasses under the goggles... The Phenom is the style you'd want to go for.

Hope that helps :)

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I will also add, the non-turbo fan series Phenom goggle lens also fit the same as the turbo fan series Phenom. I bought a bunch of the Smith Phenom lens and use them on my Phenom Turbo-fan. The only difference is the lens on the non-turbo fan have an added sliding vent at the top. I like it better then not having the sliding vent anyways... seems like an added bonus to me. I've been using the goggles and lens a lot for over 3 years now.

Check them out here: http://www.backcountry.com/smith-phenom-replacement-goggle-lens
There's a sensor there! Your choice. they fit though, and no performance is lost, performance improved in my opinion.

4 5

Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Goggle

I brought these with the ODS for my prescription lens, just before a trip where we had a lot of snow falling on the slopes. They performed great, better than expected. The goggle lens did not fog, but my prescription lens did have some slight fogging, this was easily fixed by turning the fan on low for a minute while on the lift. I have always used sunglasses while snowboarding in the past and it was strange at first using goggle, but now I can't imagine going down the slopes without goggles. They kept the wind and snow from my eyes and offered great definition during the night sessions. I brought the Sensor Mirror lens which wasn't too ideal in brighter conditions, thinking of getting a different set of lens for sunny days. Would definitely recommend these for friends and family.

5 5

Excellent Product!

I bought these goggles specifically for heli-skiing in Alaska. I decided to test them out in advance at Big Sky, MT. Having purchased the "sensor mirror" for poor light conditions, I found these goggles to be great in 2 different areas. While I didn't have the opportunity to ski during any significant snowfall, which typically creates fog, I was able to induce fog within the lenses. The fan got rid of all the fog immeidately. The feature definitely works and it works fast. The lens was also great in flat light, as I had no trouble making out all that was in front of me.

Smith Phenom Turbo Fan @ Big Sky

Smith Phenom Turbo Fan @ Big Sky

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Trip to Big Sky, MT during 12/2010. Using the "Sensor Mirror" lens for flatter light.

Smith Phenom w/ Turbo Fan

Smith Phenom w/ Turbo Fan

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Black Smith Phenom w/ Turbo Fan, White bottom clips. w/ Mirror lens.

4 5

There GREAT-Imagine tony the tiger saying that

Bought these on Tramdock, because I always wanted the fan option. Before I had these I always skied with two pairs of goggles, but now I'm a one goggle skier. I've noticed I rarely need the fan, because they vent so darn well. When they do start to get a little fogged hiking I turn on the fan, and boom there fog free. I think they vent better than other Smiths because the fan even when not on increases air flow. Very comfy, pretty durable. I did have a mishap after a hard landing where I noticed the little wire from the battery pack was a little pulled off. One other thing, when sitting in a backpack they occasionally turned themselves on. Overall another great product from Smith.

5 5

Work Excellent

I have a hole in my tear duct that allows air out and this causes a huge problem with goggles fogging. I ski almost weekly and these goggles have solved my problem. They have never fogged and I don't notice the fan. They were the perfect answer.

Will they fit over my glasses? And will...

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Will they fit over my glasses? And will they prevent my glasses from fogging inside the goggles?

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They can fit over your glasses, but it will be a tight fit. The fan most likely will help your glasses not to fog compared to a non-fan phenom goggle. If your only option is to wear classes then look at the Smith OTG goggles first, or Smith Prophecy. If contacts is an option then use that for skiing. Contacts make a huge difference right there.

5 5

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Looking for goggles that will not fog, but have to fit a small woman's face and helmut.

Will these goggles fit a small women's...

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Will these goggles fit a small women's face?

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Yes. It might feel a bit bigger compared to an Oakley A-frame though.

Is the battery pack removable so the goggles...

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Is the battery pack removable so the goggles can be used without it?

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You can remove the battery pack, but it involves a screw driver. Its not meant to be taken off. It would be cool if they made them so you could take it off on the fly. But then you run into the problem of forgetting to put on your battery pack when it's pounding snow.

4 5

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I have been using this goggle with my Smith Variant Helmet for about two seasons now. All around I have liked these goggles. The fan is so quiet that I forget to turn it off sometimes so I have a dead battery the next day I go out.

I can't say that these goggles are impossible to fog. I have done it on a number of occasions. Usually a couple spots here and there. I contacted Smith warranty about this and they told me to put them under a blow dryer after every use. I was a little peeved by this answer as I expect better from these goggles. All around it's never kept me from riding.

Another issue I have had with the goggles is when the wind is really blowing (40-50mph winds) I have had snow come through the fan port and hit me in the eye. It wasn't a huge problem it was just a little annoying.

5 5

No fogging, quiet, perfect.

A total upgrade to the fan goggles I used to have. When hiking and having sweat coming down my brow any other goggles would have fogged but these did not. I have a medium to large face and felt that these did just fine. Get the sensor mirror for flat light, they will not be enough for bright days. I am recommending these goggles to every one I know. They are probably not needed if your not earning some turns however. Btw i dont notice any problems with the fan, you can hear it a little but not a problem.

5 5

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Ditto what most say. however, I am a bike commuter and have been wearing ski goggles during the winter for three years now, and these are a godsend. They work as expected, I only wish they had a clear lens for those late night commuters, however, since i commuter on city streets, the lights are good enough not to compromise visibility. Excellent in rain and foggy mornings! Make the investment!

Are the lenses for the Phenom Turbo Fan...

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Are the lenses for the Phenom Turbo Fan the same as for (and interchangeable with) the regular Phenom? I've heard both yes and no.

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Almost 100% sure they are the same lens.

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I see now that the Turbo Fan lenses have no vents. I'm guessing I probably don't want to swap them for ones with vents or vice-versa.

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They are.

The only difference with the Phenom Turbo Fan from the Regular Phenom is the frame of the goggle has a custom fan built into it. The lenses are interchangeable. I own RC36, Platinum, and Sensor which can be exchanged on both the Regular and turbo fan Phenoms.

Here is a list of some more lenses that will work: http://www.gogglesgiant.com/smitlencol.html

5 5

No fogging, very durable, but choose a lens carefully

Fortunately I wasn't attached to them at the time, but I recently dropped a pair of these and watched them fall out of sight. Four days later I found them in a steep, rock gully nearly 2000 feet below. Aside from some scratches, the Phenom's survived that abuse well- so I give these goggles a 10-outa-10 in the durability department. I chose the Sensor Mirror lens to cover a wide range of light conditions, and found this tint a little light for bright, sunny days- but in low light conditions and flat overcast they were awesome. The fan worked well even while sweating during -35F climbing days, an impressive contrast in temperatures. I found the lowest of 2 fan speed setting too low to have any affect, so bring an extra battery and expect to use the higher speed setting if you plan on working up a sweat. Downside- the hum of the fan can be a little annoying after 10 hours.

No fogging, very durable, but choose a lens carefully
4 5

Great before they broke

These were my absolute best item of gear until this winter. They were the only solution to my lifelong fogging problem, and they worked brilliantly. They are very simple and the tech is quite simple but they just work. Or they did. I have always been very careful with them but this winter the area between the two lenses has been compromised and moisture has got in. The worst thing was that it happened on a fantastic day in the mountains - big storm at Park City, 20+ inches of fresh stuff. Throughout the day they got more and more fogged until I could see hardly nothing at all. I was very disappointed with them.I believe Smith have a lifetime warranty on their goggles so I am going to contact them and see what happens.

Update: After months of email communication with the UK importers of Smith Goggles I finally got a decision: Sorry, you are not covered by the Lifetime Warranty as you bought the goggles in another country. Not happy but not surprised either. My fogging issues reappeared recently during a huge powder day at Squaw. The Turbo-Fans would've been perfect...sadly I will not be buying another pair. Thanks for nothing, Smith :(

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just a heads up.... your lens isn't broken. I've had that same problem with my smith I/O lens and there is a very easy way you can fix it so it doesnt happen. Since after a day of skiing, the foam padding gets moist, and the strap of the goggle is probably slightly (or very) wet, that moisture will seep in between the lenses when you take them off and leave them overnight. The way you can fix this is just to take the lens out after you are done skiing, and seperate it from the goggle to dry. Then when you head up to the mountain, you can just pop it right back in and you're good to go!

If this doesn't work (wich it will) then you could really just by a new lens for $20 and you're good to go.

hope this helps

Cheers!

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I tried it! It works! Thanks, mesohotyousonot

Steps:

1. Clean Outer part of goggle with an eyeglass cleaner and an eyeglass cloth (hold frame, never touch the lens with a finger). Read guide: http://www.mademan.com/mm/how-clean-ski-goggle-lenses.html
2. Remove lens from the frame, take the frame to a warm dry area, allow the moisture to leave and dry. Moisture is the #1 cause that will cause your goggles to get confused with the outside temp and the temp it feels from the wet foam.
3. Pop the lens back in t the frame, and secure the goggles in a pack, or a case if you have.
4. Enjoy your new-like goggles.

Goggles are like everything else, they need to be cleaned, dried, and looked after. I started to notice my lens get moisture on the inside/ middle after I skied multiple days without cleaning or drying the goggles. They sat in my case with moisture on them. When I went to use them again the foam kept the moisture and caused my lens to get confused and fog.

I hope that helps, if not it’s a good reminder for everyone to look after their expensive gear.

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